ALBANY, N.Y. SJB — ALBANY, N.Y. -- His team is in first place, which means Maryland Bays coach Gary Hindley can't complain.
He can look at last night's 4-3 overtime victory over the Albany Capitals and happily point out that his team got the maximum nine standings points on the road and moved ahead of San Francisco in the American Professional Soccer League's Western Conference. The Bays have 116 points, six more than San Francisco.
But then again, Hindley saw at least three defensive breakdowns by his team that led to goals. He saw his team, which leads the league in scoring, make things hard on itself.
"If we're going to win the championship, we're going to have to play better than we did tonight," Hindley said. "I'm not displeased, but all three goals we gave tonight came on misplays."
But the Bays came up winners because Kevin Sloan scored his 11th goal of the season with 53 seconds gone in the first overtime. Sloan flubbed the initial shot, but goalie Bill Steffen bobbled the rebound on the end line. Sloan rushed in to angle the ball into an empty net.
"I kind of mis-hit it and I was hoping he'd bobble it or misplay it," Sloan said. "I didn't have much angle at all -- it was about a yard from going over the line -- but obviously it wasn't an impossible angle."
The Capitals had won four straight and hadn't allowed a goal in three games. Steffen made his first start in goal for the Capitals; Scoop Stanisic was out with an injured left shoulder.
The Capitals and Bays will meet again tonight at 7:05 at Cedar Lane Park in Columbia, Md. The Bays might be without defender Joe Barger (left eye) and midfielder Jeff Argoos (right foot). They were hurt in the first half on the play that led to the Capitals' first goal.